ABA Eases Regs Against Indirect Fee Sharing With Nonlawyers

Law360, New York (August 21, 2013, 6:34 PM EDT) -- The American Bar Association has relaxed its stance against sharing legal fees with nonlawyers, saying lawyers can indirectly split revenue with other attorneys in jurisdictions with a less stringent rule on a lawyer's independence.

The formal opinion from the ABA’s Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, finalized at the ABA’s recently completed annual conference and published Monday, addresses ethics rules which "historically prohibited a lawyer from sharing a fee with a nonlawyer in order to preserve the lawyer’s independent professional judgment," said committee chair Paula Frederick, general...
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